“I avoid media types,” author Randy Wayne White’s protagonist, Doc Ford, says in White’s latest novel, “Night Vision.”
Luckily for us, White doesn’t feel the same way. We got a moment on the phone with him the other day.
He will be at Eagle Eye Books March 11 to sign “Night Vision,” a fast-moving thriller that takes place in a seedy Florida trailer park where illegal immigrant workers live in fear of the sadistic steroid junky who runs the place, knowing his tenants will never call the cops to report his abusive behavior.
“A shadow society,” White said. “People who have come here illegally. They part with their families. They’re terrified of breaking the law. It creates a great vulnerability. They’re essentially slaves.”
At the center of the novel is Tula, a 13-year-old with seemingly mystical powers. White said he drew inspiration for the book from his time in Central America, and from his observation that there is a capsule of time when girls on the precipice of their teen years seem to possess all the wisdom in the world.
“It’s afterward that most women go a little nuts,” Doc’s friend Tomlinson says in the book.
A former fishing guide turned New York Times bestselling author, White’s life somewhat mirrors that of main character, who lives on the water, surrounded by the mysteries of wild Florida. (Like dolphins that come ashore for dinner on moonless nights).
White enjoys meeting folks while on book tour, although he’s always happy to get back to his disciplined schedule of working and working out. “I try to write seven days a week, ” said White, who sets up shop in various locales to pen his novels.
“The two things I can’t tolerate are leaf blowers – the things should be outlawed – and loud drunks!”
If you’d like to meet him White will be at Eagle Eye, 2076 N. Decatur Rd. in Decatur from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 11. Information: eagleeyebooks.com.
The event is free. Just come relatively sober and leave those leaf blowers at home please.
- Jennifer Brett/The Buzzfirstname.lastname@example.org